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Gabby’s fishing fever

Fish this winter, but be careful

If you are planning to take a winter fishing trip there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

A winter day may seem to be nice, but temperatures can drop very fast, which can be dangerous. Always dress warmly when you will be outdoors in the winter. Several layers of clothes are better than a couple of big bulky coats. By wearing layers, you can remove or add clothing to suit the weather and temps.

This time of year can offer some good fishing for several types of fish, such as the largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, trout and walleye to name a few.

The first thing most anglers do before planning a winter trip is to decide on a certain type of fish they would like to catch. For most anglers this will be the small mouth bass, and it is no wonder, because the smallmouth offers some of the best cool water action of any fish. There are some topnotch smallmouth lakes close to us (less than a three hour drive). Cherokee Lake and Norris Lake in Tennessee, Dale Hollow Lake, Lake Cumberland and Laurel River Lake are all good winter smallmouth lakes. I have fished all of them.

The best thing you can do before a trip is to find out all the information you can about the lake and the fishing action on that lake ahead of time. There are many ways to find out the latest reports and lake conditions. You can look on the Internet, or if you have a travel guide with phone numbers for that lake you can call and get what you need.

It is difficult to find someone who has been fishing and get a report from them, but this is a good way to go. When you plan your trip, be safe, use common sense, and come home safe.



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